Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Questioning the Eagles statement on Westbrook

Eagles fans on the Philly.com Eagles Forum aren't so angry with running back Brian Westbrook and his holdout, instead they are upset with the way management handled it through the statement Monday night.

Read on:

From ergross: In a statement released by the Philadelphia Eagles regarding RB Brian Westbrook not reporting to training camp, the team noted they have been "very aggressive in trying to secure a long-term contract" with him. "We had thought we were making good progress in that regard. Unfortunately, Brian made a counter productive and almost unprecedented decision to not report to training camp. We will focus our attention on the players that are present." Westbrook previously signed a one-year tender as a restricted free agent and would be eligible for unrestricted free agency following the 2005 season.

We know where the team stands, but what is Westy's situation, and what will make him happy? He signed a one year tender at $1.43 Million. He reportedly wants a five-year deal. Anyone know what the team is offering?

Also noteworthy is this comment by AR from June 2, 2005:

"Brian is not a guy that tries to stir it up by any means," Reid said. "He was just trying to do what he thought was right. That's the business side of the profession."

oopsy. Guess holding out was logical and part of business on June 2. Now they're saying, "Brian made a counter productive and almost unprecedented decision to not report to training camp." Which is it? Part of business, or unprecedented and counter-productive? ;)

From BirdsFanInDC: I don't understand why management feels the need to make characterizations like:

"Unfortunately, Brian made a counter productive and almost unprecedented decision to not report to training camp."

What's the point of that if not to try and make a play for public opinion? Why not just say, "we're sorry he's not here and hopefully we'll be able to work something out"?

I just don't get it.

From 22ndNSouth: If someone with authority said that quote about Westbrook taking an unfortunate and non-productive approach, I most certainly agree that was a mistake.

I would prefer something like; Both sides have been working hard at a long term agreement for Brian. We think very good progress has been made and are confident we can workout any concerns that remain. We fully believe Brian will play and play well for the Philadelphia Eagles this season and in seasons to come. We very much want Brian in Eagles green and look forward to his exciting play in our drive to win the Super Bowl this season. He is an important part of our team.


At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not living in the Philly market area, I find it pretty hypocritical for Iggle fans to "stand by their man" in Brian Westbrook for holding out when he recently signed a new 1 year contract, yet still being disappointed in T.O.s stance - he may be a jerk, but at least he's in camp.
Come on Philly Fans, be consistent.

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Westbrook is clearly a guy who overperformed his pay as a 3rd round pick. The one year deal he signed has no bonus money, which I think makes it quite different. Perhaps he shouldn't have signed it, but it really isn't the same as T.O., since he didn't collect a huge bonus last year and then claim he's being underpaid this year. Very different.

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the fans disappointment with the entire situation. Both Westbrook and Management are at fault. However, I have to side with the team on this one. Westbrook is the first player in NFL HISTORY to hold out after signing a tender offer. That says something about his mentality and his decision making process. Westbrook is completely wrong in his stance. They were making progress on his contract, both managment and his agent have stated it. There's absolutely no reason for him to hold out. He's being selfish. Plain and Simple.

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems clear that Westy is terrified of getting injured before he can sign a long-term deal at the money he thinks he's worth. All he had to do was play out the tender contract and he'd be an unrestricted free agent after this, his fourth NFL season and he could go out and find the highest bidder.

Given that he has, in fact, missed time to injuries each of the last two years after barely playing as a rookie, it may be a legitimate concern -- but it also underscores the value the Eagles put on him that they offered a $9 million signing bonus and more than $4 million a year.

If Westbrook thinks any other team is going to give that kind of up-front money ($13.2 million) to an undersized back with a history of injuries, I'd like some of the water he's been drinking.

At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why these guys get paid so much anyway. They make more in one or two years than most of us will make in our entire lives! They're not getting shot at, protecting our freedom; they're not building ships and planes designed to protect this country; they aren't manning those ships or planes; they aren't teaching our children or finding cures for cancer... they are entertainers for crying out loud!

It's clear our priorities, as a society, are waaay out of whack.

- mak, Delaware County

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